The Black organizers making history with their sustained resistance to racism in the United States are now preparing to hold their first-ever national gathering to "reflect on our histories of struggle, build a sense of fellowship that transcends geographical boundaries, and begin to heal from the many traumas we face."
Confusing. "Black lives matter" implies that the lives of the rest of us don't matter. (The reaction is predictable.) America has also decided that the lives of the poor don't matter, and we have stripped them of the most basic human and civil rights. What are we to think, then, about someone who is black and poor?
It is incredibly important to build this movement and gain political and ethical clout. Oppressors rely on the vulnerability and societal invisibility of the oppressed. I respect the #Black Lives Matter movement and wish its leadership the best. RIP Sandra Bland.